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Portrait of Jenny Graham, published in The Queenslander in 1935. Courtesy of the Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Centre
This song is taken from the book ‘Yugambeh Talga, Music Traditionas of the Yugambeh People’. The Yugambeh people come from the region that extends from the Logan river in south-east Queensland to the Tweed River on the border of New South Wales. Lottie (Levinge) Eaton remembers her grandmother, Mrs Jenny Graham, singing this song to her when she was a little girl.

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Sketch from ‘Yugambeh Talga: Music Traditions of the Yugambeh People’. Courtesy of Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Centre
BUD'HERANGAYAUENYAU-EN GOROMGUN
Morning star and Evening Star

Bud'hera goromgura nga yau-en yau-en goromgun
gadhul vabra nga ga'dhulhum vabra

Bud'hera goromgura nga yau-en yau-en goromgun
Wum'gin hya'lung

bud'hera goromgura kunga yau-en yau-en goromgun wumgin
Yau-en yau-en goromgura yarrabil yugam yana nyh'lung

Morning star and Evening Star
who is the fat one and who is the thin one

Morning Star and Evening Star
who should come out first?

Morning Star calls to Evening Star, come on!
Evening Star signs out, No, you go ahead!

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Christmas Eve in the Land of the Dispossessed, Linocut, Kevin Gilbert, 1968. Courtesy of Eleanor Williams-Gilbert